Susan Mickey

Susan E. Mickey

Director of School of Theatre; Professor, Costume Design

Susan E. Mickey is an accomplished costume designer and educator with a career in theatre, film, television, and academia. She is the winner of a Carbonell Award for Don’t Stop the Carnival, three Joseph Jefferson Awards for School For Lies, The Madness of George III, and Taming of the Shrew, and the winner of the Michael Merritt Award for Lifetime Achievement in Collaboration. She is a Texas Regents Teaching Award Winner and the recipient of the University Co-Op Hamilton Creative Research Award.

Ms. Mickey has designed in almost every major regional theatre in America. She has collaborated on over 35 world premieres with teams as diverse as Kenny Leon and Pearl Cleage; Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T. Bone Burnett; and Jimmy Buffett and Herman Wouk.

Mickey has enjoyed extended design relationships with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Huntington Theatre, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, but her longest artistic collaboration was with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, where she designed over 58 productions spanning 30 years.

Her work in television and film includes Miss Evers’ Boys for HBO and Mama Flora’s Family for CBS. She is the author of several books on sewing and home decor. She joined the College of Fine Arts at BU as the Director of the School of Theatre in the fall of 2019. Ms. Mickey is proud to be a part of the future in the arts through Boston University.

Creative Works
  • Costume Design for The Marriage of Figaro, Lyric Opera Chicago
  • Costume Design for over 15 productions at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Costume Design for 10 productions at The Chicago Shakespeare Company
  • Costume Design for over 30 productions at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta
  • Costume Design for HBO, Miss Evers Boys starring Alfre Woodard
  • Costume Design for CBS, Mama Flora’s Family starring Cicely Tyson

3 Joseph Jeff Awards, Michael Merritt Award, Carbonell Award